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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 1.28.19

Monday January 28, 2019
CBD Oil and Parkinson’s
Medical cannabis is often sold as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a major cannabinoid from hemp plants, which does not usually contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the main psychoactive substance of cannabis).The brain has a rich expression of cannabinoid receptors in various sites, such as the G-protein coupled receptor GPR6 within the basal gangliaa key part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s.
Research on the oral intake of CBD oil (and smoking cannabis) in the treatment of Parkinson's have observed generally positive results in the alleviation of symptoms.
In US, Parkinson’s Diagnosis Linked to
Higher Healthcare Use, Spending, Study Shows
Parkinson's News Today
A diagnosis of Parkinson’s is associated with greater Medicare costs and out-of-pocket spending, according to a population-based study in the U.S. "These findings also revealed substantial geographic variation in prevalence and health service use and spending among Medicare beneficiaries. The study, 'State-level prevalence, health service use, and spending vary widely among Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson disease,' appeared in the journal npj Parkinson’s Disease."
Staying Loud with Parkinson’s
Moscow-Pullman Daily
The Palouse Area Parkinson’s Support Group, at Good Samaritan Society in Moscow, take part in a musical therapy class led by music therapist Ms. Pansegrau.
The classes, which Pansegrau calls Parkinsingers, uses music and vocal exercises to help attendees maintain strength in the muscles that can atrophy with Parkinson's. "Pansegrau, a board-certified music therapist, also takes attendees through physical activities and breathing exercises to help them with their balance, strength and coordination. In addition to the physical benefits of music therapy, the classes can also provide an emotional lift through the power of singing together, she said."
Emerging Evidence Indicates Signs of a Parkinson's Pandemic
Medical Xpress
"For most of human history Parkinson's has been a rare disorder. However, demography and the by-products of industrialization a now contributing to an impending a Parkinson's pandemic, according to experts writing in a supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease.
They say that this pandemic can be addressed by the Parkinson's community forming a 'PACT' to prevent the disease, advocate for policies and resources aimed at slowing its spread, care for all those affected, and treat with effective and novel therapies."